Allen to show international pedigree

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Bury St Edmunds Georgia Allen is determined to show her international pedigree as prepares to represent her country as England Under-17’s take part in the UEFA Development Tournament at St George’s Park.

The Arsenal midfielder is part of a squad of 20 that will play three matches at the national training centre, starting with Poland on Sunday afternoon (12.30pm) and Denmark on Tuesday night (7pm) before finishing against Switzerland a week on Sunday (11am).

Allen — who won the St Edmundsbury Young Sports Personality of the Year award in November — started her young and exciting career in the Ipswich Town under-10s Centre of Excellence after being spotted by a scout at the age of six.

And having signed for the Gunners and risen through their ranks to now be vice captain of the squad, the 15-year-old King Edward VI School pupil is now determined to prove she is good enough to compete at the highest level.

“This is a big deal for me and with the possibility of playing in three games it will be a really exciting experience,” she said.

“I’ve had a few camps at St George’s Park and every time I find it breathtaking.To be in the same place as the full national side is incredible.

“It is all a bit surreal for me because I’m in school one day and the next I’m at St George’s Park, I feel like two different people.

“It is a real honour and for me it is a chance to prove I’m good enough to be here and worth being picked.”